Couple Is Suing Hospital

A couple from Hazard say doctors left a sponge in a woman's body after surgery!

The couple is suing Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin.

The Times Tribune reports the suit claims a sponge was left inside Bertha Cottongame in February, 2006.

The Cottongames are suing for damages and asking for a trial by jury.

The hospital has not filed a response to the suit.


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  • by trg Location: williamsburg on Dec 19, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    that is awful.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    If it was left for proective cushing then the couple should of known about it or they would of been to told that it is normal for it to be there.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    i know this is not uncommon, but i wonder how the nurses accounted for the sponge after surgery?
  • by Rebecca Location: Winchester on Dec 18, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    I'm wondering what her damages/injuries are. I regret that this happened, but if there was no true harm, there was no foul, and this would be a frivilous lawsuit.
  • by Hmmmmm Location: Pikeville on Dec 18, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    I hate that this happened but sometimes there are sponges and things of that nature as "Dr. Beliveau" said that are left in to provide protective cushioning which are designed to disappear after a certain amount of time. I doubt that the Cottongames will get a trial by jury or a huge amount in damages if that's what they are expecting especially if it's one of the sponges we are talking about. I hate to sound mean but, why wait two years anyway to file suit and shouldn't the sponge have caused some sort of problems that can be documented?
  • by jim on Dec 18, 2008 at 04:43 AM
    Good, it true this is gross negligence.
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Dec 17, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    That doc/hosp. has one [edited]of a malpractice lawsuit on their hands. Sorry to hear about the sponge but it is unfortunately fairly common.
  • by Dr. Beliveau on Dec 17, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    sponges are left in sometimes to provide protective cushioning.
  • by Shiro Location: Floyd County on Dec 17, 2008 at 08:47 PM
    My question is how did the nurse account for the sponge,when surgery was over?Each and every item has to be accounted for.Wonder if it was documented that one was missing!This could cause some serious problems[infections],pain,damage to tissues and organs.Wish her the best of luck.

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